The Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town's parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.
The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle's professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.
The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, Community Center and the Art Center.
Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.
The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.